102 Bangladeshi expats arrested in Malaysia

Staff Correspondent

22 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Malaysia’s Immigration Department on Monday detained 309 immigrants, including 102 Bangladeshis, for violating the country’s immigration laws.

They were arrested from a construction site in Denkil area of Mukim in Selangor province in the country.

Besides Bangladeshis, there were 193 Indonesians, 4 Vietnamese, 2 Indians and 8 Myanmar nationals (Rohingya).

Of the detainees, 280 are men and 29 are women. They all age from 20 to 52, according to a report published in Malaysia’s state-run news agency Bernama.

Malaysia’s Immigration Director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud led the integrated operation where some 189 personnel from several enforcement agencies, including the General Operations Force (PGA), National Registration Department (JPN), Department of Labour (JTK), and the Malaysia Civil Defence Force (APM), participated. They arrested 309 immigrants after detaining 715 and verifying their documents.

Khairul Dzaimee said after the Covid-19 tests, these immigrants would be sent to the Semenyih Detention Centre and investigated in accordance with Section 6 (1) (c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 and Section 15 (1) (c) of the same law, before deportation. He said his department had received information from locals that the individuals at the settlement had broken the Movement Control Order’s (MCO) standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Consequently, his department raided the location at 12:30am and discovered that they were not following the MCO SOPs to the letter.

There is an estimation that around 1.5 to 2 million illegal foreign workers living in Malaysia. Most of them are Indonesians and Bangladeshis.

Officials of the Bangladesh High Commission in the country said they are in constant contact with the Malaysian authorities to verify the identities of illegal immigrants and send them back to Bangladesh.

According to them, the operation is a part of a normal routine and should not create unnecessary fear among expatriate Bangladeshis.

It is mentionable that on 6 June, 156 migrants, including 62 Bangladeshis, were arrested from a building construction site in Cyberjaya.